The DC Center

The DC Center The DC Center is a central meeting and organizing space for the LGBT community in DC. Discussion Groups, Advocacy, Health & Wellness, & more....

The Centerโ€™s mission is to celebrate, strengthen, and support community among the LGBT residents and organizations of Metropolitan Washington, DC.

Operating as usual

๐˜พ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‹๐™–๐™ช๐™ก๐™ž ๐™ˆ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™€๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐˜ผ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉhttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/0...
03/25/2021

๐˜พ๐™š๐™ก๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‹๐™–๐™ช๐™ก๐™ž ๐™ˆ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™–๐™ฎ, ๐™๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™€๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐˜ผ๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/17/the-many-lives-of-pauli-murray

Pauli Murray's (1910-1985) activism and legal scholarship directly contributed to the eventual end of the Jim Crow laws. Murray's book "States' Laws on Race and Color" and law school writings were critical materials for the team that successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education, formally ending school segregation in America. Murray also played a role in securing equal protection for women under the law. A law review article "Jane Crow and the Law" Murray co-wrote directly inspired Ruth Bader Ginsburg's successful efforts to bring down discrimination on the basis of sex.

Murray faced opposition and suppression from society while trying to do her work and live her life. Unknown to most, Murray actually identified as a man who was attracted to women, while using female pronouns. Throughout her adulthood, there was virtually no space afforded to non-mainstream sexual identities. Murray tried without success to obtain hormone therapy. She was unable to be open about her gender identity, faced rejection from and within academic institutions due to her sex and race, and was penalized for peacefully protesting against segregation laws. Despite these obstacles, Murray was instrumental in advancing gender equality and civil rights, and helped set the stage for the sweeping movements of the 1960s.

Photo: AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin

We're excited to share that the treasurer of our Board of Directors, Tiera Craig was named one of Washington Blade Magaz...
03/25/2021
2021 Queer Women of Washington

We're excited to share that the treasurer of our Board of Directors, Tiera Craig was named one of Washington Blade Magazine's 2021 Queer Women of Washington. Congrats Tiera!

Celebrating voices of change in D.C.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is seeking LGBTQ+ Military Veterans to share your stories at a virtual open mic eve...
03/24/2021

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is seeking LGBTQ+ Military Veterans to share your stories at a virtual open mic event on Saturday, May 29, 3:30-5:40pm. This event bridges National Military Appreciation Month (May) with Pride Month (June) in honor of LGBTQ+ service members' courage and perseverance.

Full Details: https://thedccenter.org/events/lgbtq-military-veterans-open-mic/

As your local resource Center, we always try to provide you with the resources you need. Below you will find information...
03/23/2021

As your local resource Center, we always try to provide you with the resources you need. Below you will find information on a free binder program.

Binders are provided by American Trans Resource Hub, a 501(c)3 national organization that provides transgender individuals the comfort and stability they seek during their social, medical and/or legal transition by providing helpful resources and by offering direct assistance with other issues that may arise such as housing instability, loss of employment and lack of health insurance.

CLICK HERE https://www.atrh.org/free-binder-program

On This Monday of Women's History Month we celebrate Frida Kahlo.Thank you Frida!Frida Kahlo was a gifted painter and op...
03/22/2021

On This Monday of Women's History Month we celebrate Frida Kahlo.

Thank you Frida!

Frida Kahlo was a gifted painter and openly bisexual. She used her medium to depict taboo topics, like female sexuality, pain, and feminine beauty standards, primarily through self-portraits. She also honored indigenous Mexican culture through her art. As an extremely important feminist figure, she was openly radical, spoke out about being disabled after a bus accident, and had both female and male relationships.-MyModernMet.com & NationalGeographic.com

"While the decisions in front of Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council are undoubtedly difficult, the budget priorities prop...
03/20/2021
Opinion | DC LGBTQ Budget Coalitionโ€™s priorities must be addressed

"While the decisions in front of Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council are undoubtedly difficult, the budget priorities proposed by the DC LGBTQ+ Budget Coalition are long overdue and balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable during this crisis is unacceptable." - Anthony Musa, Capital Pride

Balancing city budget on backs of the most vulnerable is unacceptable

And Today We Celebrate Alicia Garza.We thank you Alicia!Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communit...
03/19/2021

And Today We Celebrate Alicia Garza.

We thank you Alicia!

Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve โ€” to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the co-founder of Supermajority, She shares her thoughts on politics and pop culture on her podcast, Lady Donโ€™t Take No. She warns you โ€” hashtags donโ€™t start movements. People do.

Today we celebrate Staceyann Chin!Thank you Staceyann.SLAM POET, ACTIVIST, RAW AND BRILLIANTStaceyann Chin is a full-tim...
03/17/2021

Today we celebrate Staceyann Chin!

Thank you Staceyann.

SLAM POET, ACTIVIST, RAW AND BRILLIANT
Staceyann Chin is a full-time artist and resident of New York City and a Jamaican National. She has been an "out poet and political activist" since 1998.

From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin's "activist driven" work has garnered praise in various publications where she shared her struggles growing up as a gay person in Jamaica as well as her experiences as a pregnant, single lesbian.- Wikipedia

APPLY TODAY!
03/16/2021

APPLY TODAY!

APPLY TODAY!

Are you a self-identified LGBTQ youth who is 24 years old or younger getting ready to start your first year of higher education? If your answers are โ€œYes!โ€ then check out the SMYAL LGBTQ Youth Leadership Awards (YLA)!

The SMYAL YLA provides up to $5,000 of financial support to offset the costs of continuing oneโ€™s education.

To apply and learn more, visit www.SMYAL.org/Scholarship. Application deadline: April 23rd, 2021

Questions? Reach out to Ty Kitchen ([email protected]) for more information.

Today We Celebrate Senator Tammy Baldwin!Thank you Senator Baldwin.In 2013, Sen. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly L...
03/15/2021

Today We Celebrate Senator Tammy Baldwin!

Thank you Senator Baldwin.

In 2013, Sen. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly LGBTQ+ senator in American history โ€” and from Wisconsin, no less. A staunch, longtime defendant of LGBTQ+ rights, Sen. Baldwin has most recently helped introduce the Equality Act: the nationโ€™s first ever comprehensive legislation to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination. And while the Act has very little chance of passing the Senate, with politicians like Sen. Baldwin in Washington the fight to pass federal non-discrimination legislation is long from over. - Out Magazine

On This Day We Celebrate Sylvia Rivera!Thank you Sylvia.Sylvia Rivera was a Puerto Rican American transgender activist. ...
03/12/2021

On This Day We Celebrate Sylvia Rivera!

Thank you Sylvia.

Sylvia Rivera was a Puerto Rican American transgender activist. Most commonly known as one of the gamechangers of the monumental Stonewall Riots in New York City, she was also a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and later the Gay Activists Alliance also in New York City. Along with her friend, Marsha Johnson, an African American trans woman activist, she also helped found STAR, a group dedicated to helping homeless trans youth. In addition to being o ne of the first trans youth shelters STAR was also one of the first political organizations for transgender rights in the world. Today the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is named in her honor. SRLP is a non-profit organization that engages in policy work and provides trainings and free legal services for transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming low-income people of color. - GLSEN.org

Today for Women's History Month we are celebrating Audre Lorde!Thank you Audre."An amazing example of intersecting ident...
03/10/2021

Today for Women's History Month we are celebrating Audre Lorde!

Thank you Audre.

"An amazing example of intersecting identities, Audre Lorde was an American writer and poet who identified strongly as a Black feminist lesbian, referring to herself as a โ€œBlack, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.โ€ Lorde blazed a trail of Black female empowerment before passing away from breast cancer far too early in 1992. She must be remembered as a resilient civil rights activist who immortalized herself in her poetry." -Pride.com

The DC Center's cover photo
03/10/2021

The DC Center's cover photo

As February becomes March, Black History Month becomes Women's History Month, and #BlackLivesMatter has a voice in both....
03/01/2021

As February becomes March, Black History Month becomes Women's History Month, and #BlackLivesMatter has a voice in both.

In 2013, Alicia Garza (1981-), Opal Tometi (1984-), and Patrisse Cullors (1984-) founded "a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter" in the United States. In the 8 years since, it has grown across the world to become one of the most recognizable contemporary anti-violence movements. The movement's global chapters organize to intervene in and halt anti-Black racism and violence, and to reform the systems that perpetuate it. Launched by young adults, #BlackLivesMatter demonstrated to a new generation that it was both possible and crucial to demand action from those in power to address systemic racial inequity. Of note to the LGBTQIA+ community, #BlackLivesMatter has stated that it prioritizes supporting and recognizing contributions and leadership from women, queer people, and trans people toward stopping anti-Black violence. Read more about #BlackLivesMatter online at https://blacklivesmatter.com/herstory/.

Image sources, from top to bottom: Amy Elkins for The New Yorker, Hayneface, and Black Lives Matter.

Today's the day! Catch our Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington, D.C.'s LGBT Film Series exclusive screening of "Nora High...
02/26/2021

Today's the day! Catch our Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington, D.C.'s LGBT Film Series exclusive screening of "Nora Highland" today at noon to tomorrow at noon. Tickets available at https://watch.eventive.org/reelaffirmations

02/25/2021

Our program, โ€œMind Your Businessโ€ A creative talk amongst Black LGBT Entrepreneurs about economics, culture, and wellness. Is now live. Please join us

02/25/2021
Mind Your Business

A creative talk amongst black lgbt entrepreneurs about economics culture and wellness

โ€œMind Your Businessโ€  A creative talk amongst Black LGBT Entrepreneurs about economics, culture, and wellness.The Panel ...
02/25/2021

โ€œMind Your Businessโ€ A creative talk amongst Black LGBT Entrepreneurs about economics, culture, and wellness.
The Panel Discussion will run from 4pm to 6pm EST on today February 25 2021 via Facebook live on the DC Center page.
We will be connecting the focus of this yearsโ€™ national theme for black history month (The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity) and the journey to achieving the dream of owning your own business.

Find out more
https://thedccenter.org/events/mind-your-business/

02/23/2021
The DC Center

We shared the story of Frances Thompson a former transgender slave last year and recently 2 persons asked for more information. Fortunately we were able to find more information about this courageous woman that made history as one of the first trans persons to testify in court.

#NationalBlackHistoryMonth #transgenderlivesmatter #representationmatters
#Black #Trans #history

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2694357/what-happened-to-frances-thompson-in/

https://www.americanyawp.com/reader/reconstruction/a-case-of-sexual-violence-during-reconstruction-1866/

Frances Thompson was a trans woman and former slave who lived in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1830s. Seven white men broke into Thompsonโ€™s home that she shared with Lucy Smith, another former slave, and took turns raping them both. Thompson became the first trans woman to testify before a U.S. congressional committee in pursuit of justice. Ten years later, she was arrested for โ€œtransvestism,โ€ and the newspapers used the story to discredit her rape allegations.This fueled an even larger campaign to refute white brutality against blacks in the south.The discovery of Thompson's identity was also used to discredit black women's claims of rape by white men, and suggested that the entire congressional report that Thompson had testified in was only manufactured propaganda in support of Reconstruction

Today's lesson is: "Make sure you completely log out of Zoom before reading someone for filth. :)"Catch our Reel Affirma...
02/19/2021

Today's lesson is: "Make sure you completely log out of Zoom before reading someone for filth. :)"

Catch our Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington D.C.'s LGBT Film Series screening of "Nora Highland" on February 26 at https://watch.eventive.org/reelaffirmations
The film will be available for 24 hours starting at noon on Friday and ending at noon on Saturday.

On March 1, DC will make COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to residents with a variety of health conditions, inclu...
02/19/2021
D.C. to offer COVID vaccine to people with chronic health conditions, including HIV, starting March 1 - Metro Weekly

On March 1, DC will make COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to residents with a variety of health conditions, including HIV.

The article shares, "For LGBTQ people, this is particularly important development, given the higher numbers of people in the community with serious health conditions, such as HIV, obesity, or asthma. Studies have shown that LGBTQ people are more likely to work in industries that put them at higher risk of acquiring COVID-19, and have been disproportionately impacted by financial hardship stemming from shutdowns put in place to control the spread of the virus."
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D.C. will begin offering COVID vaccinations to people over 16 suffering from chronic health conditions, including HIV, starting on March 1.

Do you know the name Marsha P. โ€œPay it no mindโ€ Johnson (1945 - 1992)? Johnson was 24 the night of the Stonewall uprisin...
02/17/2021

Do you know the name Marsha P. โ€œPay it no mindโ€ Johnson (1945 - 1992)? Johnson was 24 the night of the Stonewall uprising, and became a leading figure in the activism and organizing efforts that flowed from it. Johnsonโ€™s efforts were marked by firsts in United States history, including organizing the first gay pride march and the first shelter to serve LGBT youth. Johnson also worked with activist groups to help address the impacts of the initial AIDS crisis in the 1980s. As a self-identified drag queen living in the 1960s, Johnson worked to find a place within a community that was itself trying to find a place in United States society. Johnson sought to show by example that being different was beautiful -- a perspective that not all LGBT activists shared at the time, but which makes Johnson stand out even more brightly in Black, LGBT, and American history. Johnsonโ€™s legacy is todayโ€™s continuing activism and advocacy for the rights of transgender individuals, and the wider LGBTQIA+ community. Read more online about Marsha P. Johnson and how a new statue of Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in New York City will become the first permanent and public monument honoring transgender women:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/12/transgender-women-heart-stonewall-riots-are-getting-statue-new-york/

Image: Netflix

Our Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington D.C.'s LGBT film series presents: "Nora Highland" on February 26! This screenplay...
02/15/2021

Our Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington D.C.'s LGBT film series presents: "Nora Highland" on February 26! This screenplay adaptation deals with the frustration of gay actors being overlooked and denied gay roles for straight actors. Sounds like a contradiction to me.....

Pre-order at https://watch.eventive.org/reelaffirmations

02/14/2021

Please stand by our live program should be starting shortly

02/13/2021

The Center Global volunteers and clients will be partnering with AsylumWorks moving forward. We are happy that this move will ensure that program participants have access wrap-around and trauma-informed social, employment, community, and legal navigation services.

Center Global will also remain an initiative at the DC Center and will continue to offer social opportunities for the LGBTQ asylum seeker community.

Real Talk : Raw and Uncut - will be an invigorating Panel discussion amongst  black gay, bisexual and trans man experien...
02/13/2021

Real Talk : Raw and Uncut - will be an invigorating Panel discussion amongst black gay, bisexual and trans man experience. It will highlight our stories, our lessons, our struggles and our triumphs. This panel discussion is just one of the many ways in which we are celebrating black history month at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Please feel free to ask questions during our discussion on Facebook live.

Real Talk : Raw and Uncut - will be an invigorating Panel discussion amongst  black gay, bisexual and trans man experien...
02/13/2021

Real Talk : Raw and Uncut - will be an invigorating Panel discussion amongst black gay, bisexual and trans man experience. It will highlight our stories, our lessons, our struggles and our triumphs. This panel discussion is just one of the many ways in which we are celebrating black history month at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Please feel free to ask questions during our discussion on Facebook live.

TODAY'S THE DAY!!! Catch Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington DC's LGBTQ Film Series presents: "Love the One You're With" ...
02/12/2021

TODAY'S THE DAY!!! Catch Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington DC's LGBTQ Film Series presents: "Love the One You're With" by DC native, Sampson McCormick. The film be available today starting at noon until Saturday at noon. Tune in to the virtual Director & Cast Q&A session as well. Tickets are available at https://watch.eventive.org/reelaffirmations

02/12/2021
Pride Talks: Getting My COVID Vaccine

To participate fully www.CapitalPride.org/pride-talks/register.

The Capital Pride Alliance and The DC Center ask you to join us for a conversation about how we can continue to persevere through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss concerns that members of our community have regarding the vaccine, dispel rumors, and identify ways that we can assist those who are most in need of gaining access to the vaccine.
We will hear stories from members of our community who have received the vaccine, and from medical professionals about the importance of taking the vaccine.

Starting TONIGHT at 7 PM@khushdc  has partnered with the Caribbean EqualityProject  to bring to you a four part social m...
02/11/2021

Starting TONIGHT at 7 PM

@khushdc has partnered with the Caribbean EqualityProject to bring to you a four part social media live series where we invite queer and/or trans folks who will share with us their story, journey, and experiences, and invite us to educate ourselves on the importance of Black History Month and Black Activism. The first two parts will take place on KhushDCโ€™s Instagram Live @khushdc and the remaining two parts will take place on CEPโ€™s Facebook live.

https://thedccenter.org/events/21310/

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2000 14th St NW, # 105
Washington D.C., DC
20009-4437

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We are a community center for le***an, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) folks in Washington, DC.

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 18:00
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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(202) 682-2245

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